Manhattan, you are overrated.
Without a doubt New York City is one of the greatest cities on earth, but it’s crown jewel—Manhattan Island—is not the sole reason for the city’s greatness.
Like anything that is captivating or possesses beauty, at first glance you are in awe with all that you see, but your thrill may start to become cloying. Like a relationship losing it’s spark, you start to loose interest, begin to notice the imperfections, and become critical.
I’ve lived in New York City for 9 years. As an official New Yorker, i’ve experiencesed many of the Manhattan delights like high tea at the Plaza, 90s dance parties in Canal Room, dinners at Balthazar, and cheap shots at Continental.
Here’s the rub: Manhattan is one of the most expensive cities in the world. Even the cheap shots aren’t all that cheap, compared to what the other less opulent New York City boros have to offer.
If you’ve experienced the thrill of the crown jewel and have moved to the boros, my advice is this: don’t bother taking the train into Manhattan every weekend. Checkout what’s local. You might be surprised at what Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx have to offer. It’s a whole other world to experience and it won’t break the bank!